Meet Dr. Walter Palmer. He lives in Minnesota. He is a dentist. And I’m sure he has immaculately straight teeth.
And everybody wants to punch him in the face. Hard.
By now I’m sure this story has come across your Facebook news feed at some point today. Palmer, a trophy hunter, paid $50,000 to hunt a lion in a Zimbabwe. With the help of local hunters, he lured it out of its sanctuary using an animal carcass, wounded it with an arrow, and after tracking it for two days, killed it with a gun, beheaded and skinned it, and left the corpse to rot.
Palmer did not not know that the 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, was a beloved animal in Zimbabwe, well known for his jet black mane. Cecil had a tracking device on because he was part of an Oxford University Research program.
Animal lovers can take solace in the fact that Palmer’s life is pretty much ruined from here on out. A newly made Facebook page has thousands of comments shaming him, he is being sought by Zimbabwean officials on poaching charges, and not only is his practice closed, but it’s been turned into a makeshift memorial for Cecil.
Not only is trophy hunting abhorrent to begin with, but you have to be a real savage to want to kill an animal so badly that you’d pay 50 grand for it, fly across the world to even get to it, and then track it for two whole days.
It’s a real shame the lions didn’t get to him before he got to them.
As I’ve said dozens of times on this blog, you will garner America’s utmost vitriol if you harm animals. This even applies when that animal is one of nature’s most predatory, carnivorous beasts that would eat alive any human being put in front of it if given the chance.
Still, how can you actually look at a lion, in all its regal shape and form, and not think: this is truly a miraculous creature?
Everyone cried when Mufasa died in Lion King. So the public reaction should come as no surprise. We love all animals. Including lions.
Except one dentist from Minneapolis sure didn’t feel that way. And now he’s getting death threats.
I don’t know what laws he actually broke. But he needs to answer for what he’s done. And then give him a jury full of 12 Simbas.
But so the circle of life. We’re born, we grow up, we experience love and joy, and then we get killed by sadistic trophy hunters.
Seriously, this guy could go to hell.